For those of you who use your smartphone to stay in touch with friends and family, you’ll know how frustrating it can be when you are unable to connect to the networks you need due to restricted data or charging issues. You’ll also know how much more convenient and relaxing it can be to stay connected on the move with a VPN – even when abroad. In this article, we’ll discuss some of the basics of connecting your phone to your VPN and some of the ways you can use a VPN to its fullest potential while traveling or even at home. We’ll cover everything from the basics of setting up VPN connections to additional tips on how to make the most of your time abroad.
Set Up A VPN On Your Phone
If you’re reading this, it’s probably because you’ve either already set up a VPN on your phone or are thinking about doing so. If you’re considering whether or not to set up a VPN on your device, here’s a quick review of the pros and cons:
- Pro: It’s super easy to set up a VPN on your mobile device.
- Con: There are several different types of VPNs to choose from. You will want to make sure that yours is suitable for your needs. Also, many VPNs are quite pricey. So, if you’re on a budget, be sure to choose a free VPN.
- Pro: You can use a VPN on the go. Many providers offer dedicated apps for mobile devices which makes it easy to use their services whether you’re at home or abroad.
- Con: You will lose some of the benefits of a VPN if you are on the move. Therefore, you might want to consider using a travel VPN that has a data cap or using Wi-Fi whenever you can to connect to the internet.
- Pro: You can protect all of your online activity whether you’re at home or abroad. Once you have set up a VPN, all of your internet traffic is encrypted so that even your ISP can’t see what you’re doing online. Hence, all of your activity is completely private and anonymous.
- Con: You will need a strong internet connection to ensure that you can always connect to the VPN. If you’re frequently abroad, especially in Europe, you might not always have access to a strong enough connection. Even if you do, many providers charge you for using their services while traveling.
Choose The Right Location
You’ll need to choose somewhere for your VPN to reside. Ideally, this is going to be an offline location. That is, your VPN will be storing encrypted data locally so that it can be accessed whenever you are connected to a network. However, if you’re frequently traveling, it might be best to choose an online location so that you can access the service whenever you need it. The biggest issue with online locations is that they are dependent on the internet connection. If you’re using public Wi-Fi while abroad, this can pose a security risk. It’s best to avoid these locations if you can. Choose a private residence, a café, or a library if you want to have a safe and secure VPN connection.
Set The Right IP Ranges
You’ll need to decide how to configure your VPN so that your devices can connect to it. If you’re using WiFi while traveling, you’ll need to enter the appropriate IP ranges into your VPN settings. Essentially, your VPN will need to know where you are so that it can provide you with an encrypted connection. In most cases, the easiest thing to do is to enter the IP address of the network you’re connecting to. For example, if you’re connecting to a Wi-Fi network in Paris, enter the IP address of the Wi-Fi network (i.e. 192.168.1.1) into your VPN settings. The range will depend on how powerful your WiFi connection is. If you have a slow or unstable connection, it might be best to choose a different range.
Use A VPN On A Laptop
If you use a laptop, you’ll need to take a few steps to ensure that your data is secure while you’re abroad. First, make sure that your laptop is configured to connect to a VPN. This can be done by selecting the VPN network from the list of available networks when you’re configuring your device. Most laptops will have a hardware switch which you can use to turn the encrypted connection on and off. If you forget to turn it on when you need to use a network abroad, you could experience connection issues. Alternatively, you could end up accidentally publishing sensitive information online which could put your privacy at risk. Ensure that your hardware switch is set to the “on” position before you travel.
Consider Using A VPN On A Home Router
If you have a home WiFi network, you’re probably already aware of the various security risks associated with being connected to a public network. While there are some security benefits to connecting to a public network, like getting online whenever you want, there are also some security risks. One of the biggest security risks is identity theft. If someone gets access to your personal information, they could use it to commit fraud or identity theft. To avoid this, you’ll need to connect to the internet via a VPN. If you use a home router, there should be no reason to avoid using a VPN.
Use A VPN On A Virtual Private Network (VPN)
A VPN is also known as a virtual private network. This is a type of internet connection that is available for businesses and organizations which want to create an additional layer of security for their employees and customers while they’re online. Essentially, a VPN allows you to connect to a private network via the internet. This type of connection is usually encrypted so that even your internet service provider (ISP) can’t see what you’re doing online. That is, all of your activity appears to come from a different location. This means that you’re safe from snoopers, hackers, and identity thieves. That’s not all there is to it, though. You can use a VPN to access geo-restricted content and websites which you wouldn’t be able to access otherwise. Plus, many VPNs offer additional features which you can’t get with just a normal internet connection.
Pay Attention To The Apps You’re Downloading
One of the biggest mistakes you can make is downloading apps from unknown sources or sources with a bad reputation. This could put your privacy at risk. To avoid this, you’ll need to make sure that all of the apps you download are from a trusted source. Luckily, there are several ways you can do this. First, when you download an app, you’ll see a box which will ask you if you want to install it. If you choose to allow the app to be installed, you’ll see a review which will give you an idea of what to expect. Moreover, it will also tell you how others rated the app. In most cases, you’ll see 4 or 5 stars. This indicates that most people enjoy using the app which you’re about to download.
Use A VPN To Access Geo-Restricted Content
A lot of websites and services are restricted to specific geographical areas. This can be due to licensing issues, content restrictions (e.g. for children), or because the website or service is headquartered in a specific country. If you’re using a VPN to access these websites or services, you’ll need to know which country the site or service is located in so that you can ensure that you access them legally. For example, let’s say you wanted to watch a movie which was only available in Germany. With a VPN, you would need to connect to a German server to be able to access this content. In most cases, you can find out which country the server is located in by going to the website of the VPN provider and entering your destination in the relevant field. When you get the results, you will know the location of the server and whether or not you’re allowed to access the content you’re looking for based on your country’s laws.